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Public Procurement: Temporary anti-crisis measures extended



In line with the policy adopted by the European Commission[1], the EFTA Surveillance Authority will allow the EFTA States to keep using the temporary anti-crisis measures in public procurement until the end of 2011. The EFTA States making use of this opportunity will, however, be required to provide the Authority, in May and October 2011, with statistical information on the contracts for which these specific procedures have been used.

The Authority announced the temporary measures in a press release of 14 January 2009
[2], where it stated that the exceptional nature of the economic situation justified the use of the accelerated procedure under the EEA public procurement rules. The procedure could be used  throughout 2009 and 2010 for all major public projects, a period which now has been extended with one year.

Under the accelerated restricted procedure contracting authorities can shorten the time limit for requests to participate from 37 to 10 days if the contract notice was sent by electronic means and the subsequent time limit for the selected candidates to submit their tenders from 40 to 10 days. With the remaining standstill period of 10 days, time limits for the restricted procedure can therefore be ultimately shortened from 87 to 30 days in total.


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Steven Verhulst
Senior Officer, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 58





[1]  Communicated to the Member States by letter dated 9 December 2010

[2] Issued in line with the European Commission's Press Release of 18 December 2008 (IP/08/2040))

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